The Innkeepers 2011

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(99) IMDb 5.5/10
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After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees - Claire and Luke - are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels.

Starring:
Sara Paxton, Pat Healy
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Innkeepers

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Ti West
Starring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy
Supporting actors Kelly McGillis, George Riddle
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 1 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
The Innkeepers' cover artwork is a little misleading (I haven't seen the trailer, so I can't comment on that). It shows a blooded hand ringing a bell, implying that this will be some sort of gore-fest. It isn't. It is however one of the slowest moving horror films ever. I use the term `horror' over supernatural because on the 2-3 parts of the film where it actually gets scary, the scenes would probably fit more with other, more mainstream popcorn horror films.

It's about two workers at an inn which is due to close in the next few days. The inn is supposedly haunted and they decide to try and prove the stories true before the building is finally shut for good.

Most of the film is character-building. The two youngsters play their parts well. They're endearing and easily-related to. The story progresses and the tension slowly mounts. Slowly. This is where the film could fall down for some. I've checked other reviews and it seems that people either love or hate the film. Some see it as not that much of a horror - more a slow-burning suspenseful ghost story, putting characters over gore. Others simply find it too slow to be scary and/or exciting.

I fall somewhere between the two. The characters and the way the actors portray them deserves credit and there is certainly an air of tension created. However, I would have liked a few more scares and a little more action somewhere along the way.

This film will find an audience, but whether you'll enjoy it will depend on how `fast-paced' you like your movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 12 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
In this film two hotel workers spend their spare time investigating an old legend of a supposed haunting at the establishment where they work. Gradually they start to get signs that indicate they may indeed not be alone...

I find the hype surrounding this film quite mystifying. Although promising at the beginning with two central characters that don't seem initially to fit regular horror protagonists, they soon seem to dissolve into stupid fools doing illogical things that no real person would ever do, just to advance the increasingly lazy plot. I assume the extremely slow pace was an attempt to build a degree of tension, but I didn't find that was effective at all. It takes an age for not very much to happen and when it does I found myself expecting a lot more than what was offered. It is not that I have an attention span issue but for all the build up over the first hour of the film, the few fairly tame jumps do not pay off the amount of time you sit around waiting for something solid.
The two main actors are perfectly fine, but in the last third they start to do the moronic things that are a chronic problem in this kind of genre film - like glaring down into a dark basement and then continuing to go and have a look. When you have a capable cast, making them do stupid things like this is so frustrating as it undoes all the work up to that point and leaves them looking like the idiotic teens in a bad Friday 13th sequel.

The Innkeepers promised a lot, but is totally ruined by taking a long time to deliver virtually nothing. If you want a creepy hotel film, I would recommend watching The Shining instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Ti West is a master of atmosphere. He has a canny ability to make his settings feel authentic and real. He acheived this with House of The Devil but surpassed that with The Innkeepers.

This is a well thought out. slow burning, creepy little tale of a soon to be closed hotel and its ghostly resident. Two front desk workers believe the hotel to be haunted and set about trying to find evidence of this. Of course things start to get a little creepy as they delve deeper into the history of the hotel. Throw in a couple of obscure and slightly random characters and you have here a fairly effective horror film.

The film takes its time to build atmosphere and character. The two leads do enough to make you happy to follow them but the additional characters are a little redundant. The mother and her child are utterly pointless as they just leave the film half way through never to return. Leigh, the retired actress, seems to be there for a reason which just fades away as the film progresses and the final guest is purely they for shocking impact.

The film isnt rushed but at the same time is compelling. You can easily be sucked into its little world but by the end you may feel that nothing has really happened. This is very much a character piece with the odd shock thrown in for good measure. How scary you find it will depend on how much you let the atmosphere seep in.

The ending is a real dissapointment and lets the film down. In particular the final shot teases you with the ultimate jump scare which just never comes to fruition. There are some missed opportunities along the way. It is great that a horror film of this ilk isnt solely reliant on shocking it audience with cheap scares, but a few more memorable moments are sorely needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paganmagick on 29 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
This is a film that I think is one for lovers of ghost stories and atmosphere rather than slasher films or violent horror such a the Saw film franchise. I have always found gore, torture and lots of mutilation do not scare or entertain me, instead I find it rather boring. I like films that provoke thought and whilst showing something of the protagonist leave elements to the imagination. This is why I enjoyed The Innkeepers because it is a slow burning picture, that gradually pulls you in to the storyline. The film's characters are realistic (at first I did not care for them, but you come to see the humanity in them) and are not just caricatures, they have faults, which I found made me more invested in their safety. I would not say this film is scary (but I do not scare easily) instead it leaves you wondering and considering what happened in the hotel before the film begins and what happens after the last scene, you feel melancholic, wondering what exists beyond the world we think we know.
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